Florida A&M Vs. Tennessee State 2012: Rattlers Drop Season Opener, 17-14

Florida A&M lost to Tennessee State in the 2012 season opener on Saturday, 17-14. The Rattlers went scoreless in the first half before making a rally in the third and fourth quarters, scoring a touchdown in each period. Tennessee State was able to hold on, thanks to a 10-point third quarter of their own.

FAMU had a slight advantage in the ground game, going for 140 yards on 32 carries, compared to Tennessee State's 138 yards on 42 carries. It was the passing game where the Rattlers couldn't quite hang in there. FAMU's defense gave up 263 passing yards and 401 yards of total offense.

Tyler Bass hooked up with Travis Harvey for a 13-yard touchdown toss in the third quarter to cut Tennessee State's lead to 17-7. Damian Fleming and Michael Ethridge connected on an 8-yard touchdown pass that threatened TSU's lead, but the Rattlers weren't able to complete the comeback.

Read more on Florida A&M at SB Nation Tampa Bay. Head over to our NCAA football hub page for additional news and notes around college football.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.